CycleDork Giveaway: Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden

It’s here! We felt the full moon and the first day of Women’s Herstory Month was a perfectly auspicious time to usher in our very first giveaway. And it’s a special one, indeed, because this book is such an invaluable tool for improving your cycle, your hormones and your overall health. And in giving away this book, we hope it will continue to shed light on the growing movement of perioducation and natural period repair.

Described as the “fifth vital sign” your period relates to not only your cycle but your health in general, sort of like your “monthly report card.” Taking steps to improve your cycle is not just for better periods (though, yes, hallelujah!) but also for a happier, healthier body and a happier, healthier you.

“No matter your age or your situation, get to know your period. There is no better time to do so.” — Dr. Lara Briden

We’re thrilled to be giving away THREE copies of Lara Briden’s Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods—the revised and updated 2nd Edition. (We posted an excerpt of Chapter 1 — if you haven’t already checked it out, you can read it here!)


Let’s honor the full moon and its power to shed light on some things that would otherwise remain in the dark. To enter, share with us in the comments below either something you know now about your cycle that you wish you knew before, OR offer up a question about your period to which you are still seeking answers.

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The giveaway will close Monday, March 5 at 3am Eastern. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced via this post and our social media channels soon after!


We have our winners! First, we’d like to thank each and every one of you who entered and shared your “wish I knew” or “what I know now.” For some of you who still have questions, we hear you and we hope we can help you get closer to the answers through our work on this site and by connecting you to additional resources.

And now…a huge congrats to Ami K., Brittany S., and Emma-Jayne!

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  1. I never knew that ovulation was for more than just getting pregnant; that it creates the monthly hormones a woman’s body needs. I’m 39 w PCOS since 21, and this year stopped getting my period bc of low thyroid. I have so much to learn to fix this without birth control pills.

  2. I wish I knew more about or have a better understanding of what my period is supposed to feel like and what is normal for me.

  3. I have been searching for years for an answer to why my period is only 1-2 days long? I had lost my period in my mid 20’s for about 2 1/2 years but thankfully it came back after I started taking Dong Quai, however when it came back it came back only lasting 1-2 days in length and it has been that way basically ever since, and I am now 39 years old and have been trying to conceive for almost 1 1/2 years.

  4. Oh my goodness! I didn’t know anything about my cycle! I now know that my cervical fluid is a sign of when I’m most fertile in my cycle. I just think that is soooo cool! My body is telling me that and so much more (like how body temp raises once ovulation has occured)!

  5. Rebecca Benkovic March 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I was diagnosed with PMDD over a decade ago, I am a third year Naturopathy student and I have yet to conquer this condition! I have met SO SO many women who need help with their cycle, and I really want to be able to help when I am in practice. I also really want to understand, my own cycle!

  6. I wish I understood my heavy periods. It’s hereditary for me, but I have seen multiple doctors cannot offer any other explanation. I have been diagnosed with PCOS but I have regular periods and also ovulate regularly. I think this book might help me answer some questions

  7. I wish I had known the dangers of birth control pills and every way it was going to mess up my body. For the first time, someone has actually given me insight into how to reverse insulin resistance instead of cover it up with medicine. My cycles have returned after 10+ years of having fake periods. Now I’m trying the fertility awareness method. My concern is though, that I see very little change in cervical mucus. It’s always just watery. What’s happening?

  8. Ugh, so many unanswered questions for which I’m still seeking answers! Which I guess ties into something I know now, that I wish I would’ve when I was 16 and first started on birth control: how much the pill can affect your mental health, and general mood. Is there a way I can regulate my cycles and lessen the insane pain associated with it without using any type of hormonal birth control methods? Doctors seem to just pass from one to the next, a pill, a higher dose pill, a shot, a vaginal ring, an arm implant, an IUD… All of which mess with my other medications and seemed to be linked to my depression. There has to be a better way!

  9. I wish (most sincerely) that I knew what caused my Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and I wish I knew why nobody else yet knows how to fully fix the problem of PMDD. Now that’s a very vicious cycle.

  10. Chelsea Petrakis March 6, 2018 at 2:42 am

    What I wish I knew before, that I know now, was that I am only fertile for around a week every month! And I wish that information and knowledge on more natural treatment options for cramps and PMS had been more readily available when I was a teen and early 20s, and that I do not have to have crippling cramps every month.

  11. I would love to know more about endometriosis and how you can get it in your diaphragm like me.

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